Tuesday 23 September 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
Staying cloudy this evening as rain continues to move eastwards.

Tonight's Weather
The rain will clear overnight and the cloud will gradually break-up. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees with moderate north-westerly winds developing.

today's weather Tomorrow
Mostly dry tomorrow with good sunny spells through the day and just the occasional shower. Highest temperatures of 15 to 18 degrees in moderate westerly winds.

3 Day Outlook
Wednesday night will continue dry for a time but cloud will soon spread eastwards across the country, and outbreaks of drizzle or rain will appear in northern and western counties before morning. Thursday will remain mostly cloudy across the country, although the southeast may be bright at times; drizzle will affect western and northern counties much of the time but other areas will stay mainly dry. It will turn milder but southwest winds will increase fresh to strong generally.

More widespread rain and drizzle will develop on Thursday night and early Friday. However, an improvement will set in as Friday goes on, with rain and drizzle clearing eastwards and cloud breaking later; winds veering west to northwest will steadily decrease also, and temperatures will be near normal for late September.

Saturday and much of Sunday are likely to be dry and very mild. However, southerly winds will strengthen in western counties during Sunday, and some drizzle will then occur at times along the Atlantic seaboard. Eastern and northeastern areas are likely to be the sunniest and warmest during the weekend.

Irish Water Safety - Stay within your depth when swimming in open water
Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to stay within their depth when swimming in open water during this current spell of hot weather, following an analysis of the thirteen drownings in last year's heat wave.

  • Swim at Lifeguarded waterways - www.iws.ie/bathing-areas-page.html
  • If there is no Lifeguarded waterway nearby then swim at a recognized, traditional bathing area
  • Swim within your depth - stay within your depth
  • Use local knowledge to determine local hazards and safest areas to swim
  • Ensure that ringbuoys are present
  • Make sure that the edges are shallow shelving so that you can safely and easily enter and exit the water
  • Only drink alcohol after your aquatic activity has ended. Stay Away From The Edge after you consume alcohol
  • Never bring inflatable toys or floating killers to beaches, lakes or rivers

The majority of drownings, 62%, occur inland where river and lake beds can be difficult to see and therefore extremely difficult to determine if you are swimming within your depth. The onset of cramp, combined with the panicked realisation that you are out of your depth can have tragic consequences and be compounded further by the muscle cooling effect of longer periods in open water. Bear in mind that in a recent analysis on drowning over the last 25 years we discovered that 32% of drowning victims had consumed alcohol so stay away from water when you have been drinking.

  • Shout to the casualty and encourage them to shore. This may orientate them just enough
  • Reach out with a long object such a branch or a piece of clothing but do not enter the water yourself
  • Throw a ringbuoy or any floating object and call 112 for the coast guard